Benefits of Joining FOBISIA
Broadly, FOBISIA offers Members Schools a forum for discussion, networking and sharing best practice amongst its Member Schools. FOBISIA is an essential source of support for its membership, especially in the areas of peer-to-peer support, quality assurance, safeguarding, and representation among official bodies and the UK Government.
The Head of School represents each Member School at its Heads' Business Meetings and AGM. Full Member Schools each have one vote at these meetings and EGMs, and may hold office on the Board.
Heads and senior leaders from Member Schools are invited to attend the annual FOBISIA Leadership Conference to which leading educational thinkers are invited to share their expertise and experience.
FOBISIA provides opportunities for its Member Schools, including both academic and business staff, to participate in continuing professional development (CPD) hosted by Member Schools throughout the year, including Job Alike Workshops (JAWS), which provide an opportunity for sharing best practice. Membership of the Federation also offers access to the FOBISIA Community Forum, which is a vibrant professional online community developed exclusively for Member Schools.
Students from Member Schools are invited to participate in the FOBISIA sports event of the year - The Friendly Games. The Games are held annually for various age groups, and are currently hosted at a regional hub in Phuket, Thailand. The Games provide an opportunity to bring students from across Asia together to promote the development of teamwork skills as well as a greater understanding of and respect for peers from other cultures and countries.
Other student enrichment events offered to Member Schools include Arts Festivals, Community and Environmental Conferences, Model United Nations Conferences, as well as a range of other student-focused events around the subject areas of Maths, Science, DT and English.
To support its Member Schools in the area of recruitment, FOBISIA provides a central location on its website for Member Schools to advertise teaching opportunities as they arise. These opportunites are also promoted through other channels to maximise reach.
FOBISIA publishes a Membership Handbook each year which outlines 'everything you need to know' about the Federation exclusively for Member Schools. FOBISIA's termly eNewsletter, THE FOBISIAN, shares events reflections and other FOBISIA news among the membership. The Federation also publishes a CPD Update and Sports Newsletter to keep Member School staff up to date on its CPD and sports portfolios.
FOBISIA maintains a strong relationship with its regional counterparts across the globe, including the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) based in the UK, British Schools in the Middle East (BSME), Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC), and the National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS).
FOBISIA has one category of membership that is open to individuals, in an effort to retain the substantial institutional knowledge that exists within Member Schools in the region. Co-opted Membership is open to individuals who have held Headships of Member Schools, and although they are not entitled to a vote at meetings, they may hold office on the Board.